Texans to decide on using billions in state surplus on expanded energy projects


An election in Texas next Tuesday will determine whether the state’s residents want to approve major spending for new power plants, an expansion of broadband access and new water infrastructure.

Some $13 billion in spending will be decided by voters as they will decide on several constitutional amendments. The ballot issues came as the result of the Texas legislature approving a $33 billion budget surplus.

“Those are permanent infrastructure opportunities that we’ll never see in my lifetime again,” said Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, who led the effort to invest in water infrastructure.

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